Top 5 Books Set in Medieval Times

'Tis just a flesh wound! I always like a good Medieval Times book. Something about going back to those time in my historical fiction is almost pure for me. I love the settings and the people. The women almost had a reverse type of freedom that the Victorian era ladies didn't have. I do still love my Victorian era ladies, but sometimes the mood strikes for some Middle Ages.


#1 The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Series

Published Year: 1937
Genre: Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent (5 stars)

While this is technically not Medieval Times because it is you know in Middle Earth not our Earth, it makes the list because in my mind it is so Middle Ages. The horseback riding and the fighting with swords and arrows. Yes please. Also, it's just a fantastic series and if you haven't read it yet, let's add that to your TBR.


#2 Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Published Year: 2007
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great (4 stars)

Jena, the second eldest daughter of five (sound familiar? don't get too excited, this isn't a P&P retelling!), has a best friend that's a frog and gets into all sorts of trouble in this adventure... I really enjoyed this fantasy story that's a combination of a couple different fairy tales. Fairy tales always give me the air of medieval times, for they are when the stories would have originated. 


#3 The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

Published Year: 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction
Subtitle: Great (4 stars)

A poacher and a forester. How can you not? Just how can you not? I was setup from the beginning to enjoy this one. It was little, itty, bitty bit like Robin Hood (I mean, she poaches to feed the poor, amiright?) but not nearly enough (read: #4) but it was still a sweet historical/medieval read. I enjoy MD's writing and have been following this series!


#4 The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

Published Year: 1988
Genre: Historical Fiction
Subtitle: Great (4 stars)

Who doesn't love a great Robin Hood story? If you say you don't, you're lying, because Robin Hood is just the classic underdog story. And the best part about this one? We've got great female characters! RM always does great female characters, though. So pick up her fantasies if you're in the mood for that.


#5 Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

Published Year: 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
Subtitle: TBR

Now, you knew we couldn't get through this list without a TBR, it just would be out of character. This one looks extremely intriguing (as well as fitting). I mean very Robin Hood-y, very female independence. Seems like a good pick! Can't wait to pick this one up.